Caitlin Barr discusses the issues with the UK’s police force, and how the institution goes hand in hand with democracy.
Censorship vs Freedom of Speech
Censorship vs Freedom of Speech Lucy Aylmer discusses the compromise between censorship and freedom of speech in light of recent world events. When Donald Trump was temporarily banned from Twitter for 12 hours amid the storming of the congress, Twitter stated the ban was on account of three offending tweets which were proclaimed to be […]
The Attempted Coup of Capitol Hill: a mark on American history.
Lauren Haughey comments on the recent attempted coup of Capitol Hill as a reminder of racial disparities and weak democracy
“Stop the Count”
Trump’s presidential term has been built on the erosion of media with the explosion of the term ‘fake news’, and it was not accidental – it excuses things that have been said about him in his past, and makes him less scrutinable. It insures distrust in independent bodies that are notable public watchdogs. His re-election cries for voter fraud were thus predictable, and entrenched within his ‘cultish’ followers a severe mistrust for their democracy.
The Perils of Social media: Censoring what suits
Is democracy being jeopardised by the people that should theoretically be facilitating freedom fo speech? This writer optimistically views Trump’s outbursts as a good thing, formulating that it is better to know all of the information than be censured. But on election day, twitter did what many other social media brands are known for doing in modern times: picking and choosing what to put to their audiences.
A Threat to Hong Kong’s Autonomy?
As protests continue to rock Hong Kong and Beijing gears up for a crackdown, Oliver Leader de Saxe evaluates the state of affairs in this unique city, and whether or not it can hold onto its cherished autonomy from mainland China.
The art of dissent
Anna Romanovska tackles the issue of the pro-democracy protests though the Stand with Hong Kong art exhibition in WMA A recent exhibition in the WMA Space in Hong Kong, organised by the group Imagine Hong Kong, aims to tell the “story of HongKongers; the ones who keep turning back even after rounds of tear gas, […]
Exeter votes to stay in the NUS, again
The Exeter Students’ Guild has voted to stay in the National Union of Students. 1,291 students voted, surpassing the 1,187 total the referendum needed for a legitimate result. Out of the 23,615 students eligible to vote, only 5.5 per cent voted. 681 students (52.75%) voted “For” continued affiliation The online vote opened at 9am, […]
Election 2017: what do the students think?
It has often been claimed that both the apathy of young voters is partially to blame for recent political events, and that our voice is the only hope for Britain. Yet while parties jockey to win the allegiance of students, the policies included in manifestos seem to largely cater towards an established, older audience. As […]
What is wrong with democracy?
It goes without saying that politics in the West is perceived by many to be in a bad state. Recently, voters have been fed misinformation by an elite who pander to prejudices and emotions for power. Voters have felt disillusioned with the quick-fix promises offered by the last few decades’ canny politicians, they have felt disenfranchised with Liberalism, and […]